Thursday, January 29, 2009

heat wave

It is now official, we are in the middle of the hottest heat wave in Australia for the last 100 years. The tennis players at the Australian Open in Melbourne are melting, collapsing and generally having a rough time, and the less hyper-fit occupants of the country are suffering similar reactions.

The night time low in Adelaide yesterday was 33 degrees Celsius. Mudgee is averaging high 30's thus making living in a tin box rather a challenge. It is like a Swedish sauna without the advantage of being able to roll naked in the snow and beat each other with birch twigs.

I am still managing to hobble around a tennis court at old lady pace, although hitting the yellow fuzzy thing over the netty thing is still a rather random affair. The competition starts in earnest next week when the tournament starts ( no playing for fun here, it is all sounding rather serious stuff). Partners have been published in the local paper, so I hope the poor person who drew me does not have high expectations.

Ness continues to work on Kew Vegetable Garden, and is now the same colour as the beetroots she is planting. I do hope the predicted locust plague does not hit this region as she may weep.

On the home front Felix went off to 'big school' for the first time yesterday and Emily is doing 3 days a week at pre-school. There will be no stopping Georgie now that she has time on her hands, and if yesterday is anything to go by she is in serious shopping mode- 5 pregnant Murray Grey cows were purchased at the local cattle market and are settling in to their new surroundings. James has done a few calvings and caesars now so will be on standy-by in July when the first calves are due.

From Blogger Pictures

From Blogger Pictures

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